Norfolk Tides - postponed, rain
Hartford (Rockies) 9, Bowie Baysox 3
For the first time all season, reliever-used-as-starter Tanner Scott went beyond three innings. Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, it was in that fourth inning where Scott encountered difficulty. Two of his three walks and two of his three hits were surrendered in the fourth inning, as well as the two runs he allowed in 3.2 innings. Scott struck out five of the 16 batters he faced.
At the plate for the Baysox, hot-hitting Austin Hays was merely 1-4 - ice cold for him. 2015 first rounder D.J. Stewart was 1-3 with a walk and also drove in a run. This game left Stewart with a .267/.353/.439 batting line in his 83 games with the Baysox. He remains a mystery.
Frederick Keys 2, Down East (Rangers) 1
The Keys only picked up three hits in this game, yet they made that enough to win. A ninth inning home run by Shane Hoelscher broke the tie. Shortstop Ryan Mountcastle took an 0-3 in the game, though he did draw a walk.
Keys starter Ofelky Peralta, who has spent 2017 walking the world, mostly scattered six hits and three walks in six innings of work, giving up just one run in that time while striking out five batters. Hey, that will do.
Delmarva Shorebirds 1, Rome (Braves) 0
A 1-0 game doesn't seem very exciting, and it probably wasn't, but there's good news: Alex Wells, the lefty Australian pitching prospect, extended a scoreless innings streak to 24 with his six scoreless in this game. He last allowed a run on June 30. Whoa! Wells, now with a 2.56 ERA for the Shorebirds this season, held the Braves to just four hits and did not walk a batter. He picked up five strikeouts.
A solo home run by Tanner Kirk, his fifth of the season, scored the game's lone run for Delmarva.
Aberdeen IronBirds 7, Lowell (Red Sox) 2 (7 innings - game 1)
This was a makeup of a July 6 postponement as part of a doubleheader, which in the minor leagues calls for seven innings per game. Aberdeen got the best of Lowell's starter Tanner Houck, who had been thought to possibly be an Orioles draft target, scoring three first inning runs.
Seven of the ten Aberdeen hits went for extra bases, with 2017 draft picks Mason McCoy, Ben Breazeale, and Luke Ringhofer all collected two hits in the game.
Lowell (Red Sox) 2, Aberdeen IronBirds 0 (7 innings - game 2)
Well, you can't win them all. 2016 sixth round pick Tobias Myers took a six inning complete game loss, although two errors meant that he did not allow any earned runs. Through five starts, Myers is holding New York-Penn League opponents to a .191 batting average. He's struck out 30 batters in 23.2 innings and has walked only four.
Aberdeen batters had only five hits, one of which was picked up by Ryan Ripken, nephew of Billy.
Complete box scores from Monday's action, including the adventures of the GCL and DSL Orioles, can be found here.
Tuesday's Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 5:35 (doubleheader). Starters: Gabriel Ynoa, Alec Asher
- Bowie: at Hartford, 7:05. Starter: David Hess
- Frederick: at Down East, 7:00. Starter: Keegan Akin
- Delmarva: at Augusta, 7:05. Starter: Lucas Humpal
- Aberdeen: at Lowell, 6:35. Starter: TBD